What words do I use to describe the reality of having Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior? Perhaps there are no words, in any language, maybe some things just have to be experienced. You see, I'm not talking about religion, nor am I talking about a church. I am talking about a personal relationship with the living God of the universe, Jesus Christ. I'm talking about turning your life over to Him. In the Bible, John chapter three, Jesus tells us that we must be born again.
Folks, being born again is not something that the carnal mind can understand, only the spiritual mind can know the things of God (1Corinthians 2:14). When a person is born again they receive this spiritual mind and not until.
There is nothing that we can do to make ourselves worthy in God's eyes, but Jesus wants us just as we are. When we surrender to Him He gives us a new heart, which causes our desire to be for a clean and holy life. If we keep the commands of Jesus and follow after Him we become like Him spiritually. Even then we are not worthy to approach God Almighty, we need the sinless blood of Jesus, and only then are we acceptable in God's sight. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus said to come to Him and He will give us rest, that his burden is light. Meaning it is not hard to be a Christian or to live the life (obey Him), because He gives us His Holy Spirit to teach us and guide us. Without His spirit, yes it would be hard, it would be impossible. None of us could ever live the Christian life on our own strength and self determination. Many have tried and failed, and today many struggle and will finally give up on
Religion because they are unable to live it since they have never been truly born again.
Coming to Jesus means giving up our will and accepting His will for our life. To give up our will is to lay aside all our plans for the life we would live, and all our desires toward people and things. In short to
to surrender, our life. God has a plan for each and every person, and our plans may or may not be different than those God has for us. Regardless, we can be sure any plans God has are far better in the long run even if we cannot see His goals.
Turning over control of our life can be difficult and the thought is often frightening to many. This is one of our first opportunities to exercise faith that God is God and that He wants the best for us. You see, Satan will put many doubts in your mind because He wants to keep you living for and serving him. In Matthew 12:30 Jesus said, He that is not with me is against me;. That means if we haven't been born again we are living for the devil and we belong to him. Once we confess that we are a sinner and turn away from (stop doing) those sins, (sin is breaking God's laws), and truly trust Christ as our Saviour and Lord allowing Him to control our life, then His Holy Spirit goes to work. He will make us a new creature from the inside out, (2Corinthians 5:17) changing our desires, the way we see people, and the way we feel about the world in which we live, and this life. As changes take place inside they begin to show up in our actions and our habits causing a change on the outside.
Don't be fooled by the countless people you encounter everyday who have a lot of
Religion but little or no Jesus Christ in their life. We can put our eyes on them and this world and end up in Hell with them. Many a false teacher and false prophet can be heard and seen on radio and television these days, as well as in the pulpits of almost every city and town. Don't put your faith in them or in the church you attend over your faith in Christ. We must keep our eyes on Jesus and His Word, the Bible. This point can not be stressed enough! Your faith and your trust must be in Jesus Christ and His Word.
Folks, I love you and I want to see you in Heaven, but everyone will not make it. Jesus said, ...wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat; Because strait [narrow] is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. (Matthew 7:13,14) Only those who repent and are truly born again and faithfully live for the Lord will be in heaven.
I once thought (mans' reasoning) that a God of love would not send people to Hell. I was wrong. It is because He is a God of love that He will send the disobedient to Hell. They have no place in heaven with a Holy God and His people. The fact is they made their choice when they refused the Salvation of Christ the last time. The thing is, we never know when it will be the last time do we?
The more I read the Bible the more I know that God is a God of justice and of love. We are everyone deserving of Hell, but God's great love compelled Him to send His only Son in order that we might have an opportunity to escape what we deserved. Folks, that is love. He has prepared Heaven for those who love Him and obey Him. Remember we can only obey God and live the Christian life when we have the Holy Spirit, and we only receive the Holy Spirit when we are born again. If God let just anyone into Heaven who lived anyway they pleased, soon it wouldn't be heaven. It would end up the same as this world, filled with heartache, pain, sin, and death. God has promised us that these things will never enter Heaven. They won't come in directly or hidden in our hearts. God sees our heart and judges us by it and nothing is hid from Him.
Jesus' life was a sacrifice for each of us today and when we are born again God begins to write His statutes and laws on our heart. (Hebrews 10:16-17). If we are seeking after God daily and living for Him the Holy Spirit will guide us and show us how we should live. Satan doesn't want that because he knows we won't follow him if we listen to the Holy Spirit. The lake of fire is Satan's destination and he wants to take as many souls with him as he can. He is a liar and a thief! He lies to us about our sin and the truth of Jesus, lulling us into a false security and thereby stealing any fellowship with Christ, who paid the price so that we could escape the snares of Satan. When we come to Jesus, repent of our sins and accept Him as our Saviour, He shows us how we have been slaves for Satan through our passions, material desires, and habits. Only by calling on Jesus do we have any hope of being set free from this bondage (John 8:31-32).
Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by me. (John 14:6). Folks, Jesus is the ONLY way to heaven and eternal life, HE IS THE DOOR!
If a bird manages to get into a wire cage through the only opening, a small hole in one end, he will not look for that opening when he tries to leave. He is certain he can get out on his own efforts and by his own intelligence. If you put your hand in to assist him in escaping he only resists your efforts and is certain you mean him harm. In the birds mind, perhaps he sees you as a threat to his freedom, thinking you will want to cage him permanently, not realizing he is already in a cage, and he eventually beats himself to death against the wire, never finding the way out to life and freedom.
Those who have yet to be born again could maybe in some ways be compared to that little bird. We think we can get to heaven by our own efforts and intelligence. We are convinced that Jesus only wants to deprive us of any enjoyment and freedom in this life, not realizing He is the ONLY route to freedom and life. We are as blinded as the little bird and we will die, lost for eternity.
Again I state that Satan is a liar, he will tell you there is another way out, another way to heaven. It is your pride that listens to him because pride wants to do it
my way. All the while Satan knows there is no other way, no other hope, and that you will eventually "beat yourself to death" in your efforts.
There is no alternate way to Heaven in the Catholic Church, which is a false teacher, nor does the priest have power to forgive sins! The Jehovah's Witnesses are worshiping a different Jesus. The Mormons think that they are little god's, soon to be big god's, and Mohammad is nothing but a dead Arab, to name only a few of the false trails Satan will attempt to take you down. You cannot go straight to God, you must go through Jesus, in whom all power has been given.(Matthew 28:18), and you must do it His way, NO EXCEPTIONS!
Phillipians 2 verses 10 and 11 boldly declares; That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Folks, this passage of scripture is saying that every knee shall bow before Christ and they will confess with their mouth that Jesus Christ is Lord! We have two choices; we can do it now, here on this earth and receive eternal life, or we can wait until it is forced upon us and receive eternal damnation, Hell. Make no mistake, everyone will bow and confess, even Satan!
Please don't let Satan deceive you more. He will attempt to rear up your pride and make all manner of excuses for you to reject what I have written. Folks, you may reject me, the messenger, but can you afford to reject Jesus Christ? I beg you to at least find out if Jesus, Heaven, and Hell are true before you discard it all along with your eternal soul. Give God a chance, give yourself a chance, He gave you one. You WILL spend eternity SOMEWHERE!
He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God [Jesus] hath not life. ~ 1John 5:12